Posted in Around Town, Photography

I Got Sunshine

Went on a morning walk, bit chilly but knowing it will be 92* later, worth every second!

Posted in Food, Photography, Travel

Smoked Turkey & Summer Vacation

Good morning fellow bloggers!  I’m going to do my best in the next couple weeks to bring this blog up to speed on current events!  I’ve really been slacking!  My prolonged absence was due to our summer vacation originally, then school and other life events just seem to keep coming!

First, let me pass this delicious recipe on to you that I tried recently.  Although I couldn’t bribe anyone else to eat it, I thoroughly enjoyed this sandwich!  If you like turkey and cranberry sauce, I suggest giving this a try for something a bit different!

Smoked Turkey and Cranberry Sandwiches
Betty Crocker’s New Eat and Lose Weight Cookbook

1/3 c. fat free cream cheese, softened
1/3 c. whole berry cranberry sauce
8 slices whole grain bread (I really like Healthfull by Oroweat)
6 oz. deli style fat free smoked turkey (I used Dietz & Watson)
4 lettuce leaves

Mix cream cheese and cranberry sauce.  Spread over bread slices.  Place turkey & lettuce on bread slices.  Top with remaining bread.  Enjoy!

In June, we had a wonderful, relaxing, two week summer vacation.  We didn’t set the world on fire, but it sure was nice to get away for a while.  Once we arrived at our destinations, we pretty much stayed put.  We didn’t explore, we didn’t hit any tourist destinations, we just enjoyed our immediate surroundings.  And thankfully I was afforded a chance to visit with some friends that I haven’t seen in over 20 years!  Because of that alone made it a successful vacation for me!

I won’t go into too many details so as to not bore you to tears if you’re reading, but our main destinations were Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, where I have friends and I hadn’t been since 1999.  Tybee, Georgia where we visit every year and for the first time ever, Clearwater, Florida.  We spent four relaxing days at each destination and we spent most of our time people watching, walking and eating – with of course, a little bit of shopping, drinking and visiting with friends and family!!


We met some great people on vacation, had some great food and just basically enjoyed what took place day by day.  I think next year, we’ll settle for visiting only one or two destinations, since hitting three with such distances between them were a little much.  Now with school back in session and everyone back on somewhat of a schedule, I should be able to catch up fairly quickly!


Posted in Home, Photography

The Wren Is In


I can not even begin to tell you how excited I am!! Today’s been one of those days that I have just wanted to curl up and sleep – and did, on the couch with my head in BH’s lap.  I woke up at 3:30 a.m. and of course, picked up my cell phone and then couldn’t go back to sleep.

The entire day so far has been spent eating, watching T.V. and being lazy. We did somehow manage to drive to Home Depot to pick out some paint and countertop samples, which for me is always exciting when the prospect of making our home nicer comes along!

A few minutes ago, I was standing in our mud room trying to match the paint to the counter sample I liked, I opened the blinds to the back door.

Finally, after 5 years of thinking I’d never be fortunate enough to have another voyeuristic relationship with a wren like I did in Maryland – there she was. Right there in that half dead tree that I just mentioned cutting down and replacing, in that birdhouse that’s been hanging there vacant. I couldn’t be more excited. I can’t wait until we have babies!

Wrens are, without question, some of the most awesome little birds.  They are unmistakable in the way they move, sound and parent.  They are so much fun to watch.  If you are lucky enough to have one around, take some time to study them.  They really are some of nature’s best!  Here are a couple photos I took.  She was so excited working on her soon to be nest.  She flew up on top of the house and started singing.  I’m guessing I’ll be hanging on to this half dead tree a while longer.